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Plumbing Tips For The New Homeowner

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The plumbing that runs throughout your home is a maze of pipes, each doing its own job to get water where it needs to be and waste where it needs to be. If you're a new homeowner, all of this piping (and everything else in your home) that you are now responsible for can seem like a huge responsibility. To help you care for your pipes, read on for helpful tips to guide you through.

Clogged Toilet

Be sure first and foremost that you have a plunger in your new home. It's something that a new homeowner doesn't think to have until there's a problem. A traditional plunger will work fine, although an accordion plunger is the best type to use. Place the plunger over the opening in the toilet drain and press it firmly over the opening to create a suction, then press the plunger handle up and down to suck out the clog. You'll know you have it when the water begins to flush on its own. To help prevent a clogged toilet, remember to keep non-toilet paper items out of the toilet. Feminine products such as tampons should never be flushed, wipes (even if they say flushable) should not be flushed either. Paper towels and other types of towels also should never be flushed. These can all clog your toilet.

Backup In The Sink

If your kitchen sink begins to back up, or the water isn't draining as quickly as it should, it could be due to a clog. To unclog your sink, you can use a plastic snake to snake the drain and a drain-clearing product that can be found at your local hardware store. Pour the solution into the drain and it should help to get the water down the drain. Use the snake to remove anything still clogging your sink. If you have a clog in the sink, chances are because too much food is going down your sink drain. Use the drain stopper in your sink and scrape leftover food scraps into the trash. Also keep oil and grease out of your sink drain, as these can harden in your pipes and cause a clog.

Leaky Faucet

If you hear the faint drip noise coming from your faucet, it's a leak that needs to be repaired. This tiny drip can lead to a larger problem if you don't take care of it. You could also be spending unnecessary money on your water bill. Check that the water is turned off all the way on the handles first, then check that all of the screws on the handles and head are tightened. If this wasn't the problem, turn the water off to the faucet and remove the handles. Check inside the handles to see if everything is intact. Sometimes the parts inside can wear out, which will lead to a leak. Replacement parts for handles and faucets can be found at your local hardware store. If it looks to be too worn out of corroded, invest in a new faucet. If you aren't sure how to replace a faucet, hire a professional plumber to do this work for you.

If you are a new homeowner, it can all seem like a huge responsibility. Use the tips above to guide you through a few minor plumbing issues. Don't take on any major plumbing projects if you aren't sure how to do the work yourself, hire a professional plumber instead.

For more information, contact a local plumbing contractor.